Mogoeng: South Africans are not xenophobic, they are suffering

Mogoeng: South Africans are not xenophobic, they are suffering

- Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is adamant that citizens aren't xenophobic, they are hungry

- This comes as Mogoeng addressed graduates at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday

- Foreigners from other African nations have been fleeing the country, claiming that they are no longer safe in South Africa

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng insists that South African people are not xenophobic, but hungry instead.

TimesLIVE reports that Mogoeng had been speaking to graduates at the University of KZN this evening:

"South Africans are not xenophobic, it's not denialism. Let me explain to you what I am talking about. Why is it that it was in 2008 that the largest African-on-African attack happened and why is it that a large-scale attack of that nature is happening in 2019? Is there something that correlates?"

Mogoeng called on citizens to stop spreading messages for approval, saying that there are issues that need solving and being a celebrity is not one of them.

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The Chief Justice highlighted unemployment and other challenges facing the country, adding to the tension on display:

"Desperate people resort to desperate measures. I am not saying these people mustn't be punished. No, every crime must be punished because it projects South Africa in a very bad way... as a country and people who are incapable of addressing their problems."

In a clip shared by Newzroom405, Mogoeng called on Mzansi to rid ourselves of the 'shallowness' that sought to confine the problems as xenophobia, instead of dealing with the 'symptoms' of the issue. reported that criminalism has been largely blamed by ministers for the recent unrest, denying xenophobic motives behind attacks.

Nevertheless, foreign nationals have seized the chance to return home after facing protests, looting and violence.

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